Monday, August 31, 2009

What we're (going to be) playing

Original Dungeons & Dragons, aka OD&D, aka the LBBs (Little Brown Booklets), aka White Box D&D, aka 0e. The original rules for "Fantastic Medieval Wargame Campaigns Playable with Paper and Pencil and Miniature Figures" by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, copyright 1974. My copy (not actually the scan above, maybe I'll scan mine and replace it) is the white box, "Original Collector's Edition" (or OCC) set, the game's sixth printing circa 1977-1979. I paid about $100 for it on eBay a couple years ago, fortunately before the passing of Gygax and more recently Arneson helped drive the price up considerably...

We might or might not use additional rules (the thief class, for instance - we'll discuss) from the original D&D supplements. I have Greyhawk and Blackmoor, but not Eldritch Wizardry. I also might bring in some rules (or not) from the Arduin Grimoire, of which I possess the original trilogy. In addition, it may prove useful to use the retro-clone game Swords & Wizardry as a rules reference as well, when the OD&D is (particularly) ambiguous or confusing. It'll certainly be a source for ideas for all the house-ruling that I'm sure we'll have to do.

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